Electronic health records are now a fact of life in federally-funded community health centers, with nearly all of the centers using EHRs in some or all their sites in 2013, according to the latest data from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Almost 96 percent of the 1,152 federally-funded health centers are deploying EHRS […]

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When you picture the first handful of providers able to successfully attest to the rigors of Stage 2 meaningful use, a place like tiny Cottage Hospital might not be the first that leaps to mind. Nestled on the forested border of New Hampshire and Vermont, the 25-bed critical access hospital was one of the first […]

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EMR adoption reduces mortality rates

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HIMSS Analytics and Healthgrades recently released EMR Effectiveness: The Positive Benefit Electronic Medical Record Adoption has on Mortality Rates, a whitepaper analyzing the effects of electronic medical record (EMR) implementation on predicting and decreasing mortality rates. The study set out to specifically answer the following questions: Is there a relationship between the level of adoption […]

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Arkansas may make Medicaid enrollees contribute to HSAs

August 20, 2014

Arkansas, the first state to establish the conservative private-plan model for expanding Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, now is looking to join several other conservative-leaning states in requiring low-income beneficiaries to make monthly contributions to their health coverage in the form of a health savings account. The state has proposed to […]

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9 ways healthcare providers can improve co-pay collection

August 19, 2014

Under the Affordable Care Act, more consumers have access to health insurance. But many also face higher deductibles and co-payments, which providers must collect directly from patients. According to a July 2014 report by E&Y for the Association of Credit and Collection Agencies, healthcare-related debt represents 38% of all debt amassed by third-party collectors. Hospital […]

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Post website glitch, CMS left to ponder date of Sunshine data reveal

August 19, 2014

After going offline for about a week and a half, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported on August 14 that the Open Payments portal website — wherein physicians can address any changes they would like made to their Sunshine Act financial data before it goes live in September — is back up and […]

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Managing the administrative technicalities of meaningful use

August 19, 2014

Having the right kind of technology is essential to achieving the various stages of meaningful use. Certified EHR technology (CEHRT) must be in place and used by clinicians to capture required data. But simply having and using the EHR system are not enough. Eligible providers must also take the next step to report their data […]

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Telemedicine could save healthcare $6 billion per year

August 19, 2014

Employers grappling with the ever-changing landscape of healthcare requirements for providing benefits could find large savings in telemedicine – as much as $6 billion, according to a new survey. Tower Watson survey of 597 employers with a total of 11.3 million full-time staff and found 57 percent are in the process of making changes to […]

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Why sharing data is so hard

August 18, 2014

More than $26 billion has been invested, mostly in incentive payments to hospitals and eligible professionals who meaningfully use electronic health records. Yet just a small percentage of healthcare systems are electronically sharing data, according to a report in the latest issue of Health Affairs. “While the sharing of information electronically — or health information […]

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Robots prove valuable in imaging, telemedicine, research shows

August 18, 2014

Two recent studies from the New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System have demonstrated how robots could assist with ultrasound imaging and telemedicine. While in Germany, Partho P. Sengupta, M.D., of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai used a computer to perform a robot-assisted trans-Atlantic ultrasound examination on a person in Boston. In another […]

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